Homemade plaster is made with flour, salt and boiling water. Plaster of Paris is a pliable material that is widely used by craftspeople to create sculptures, molds and a vast assortment of individualized art projects.Continue Reading
To make plaster, approximately 1 1/2 cups of boiling water are salted and mixed with 4 cups of flour. The mixture is set aside until it is cool enough to handle, yet still warm to the touch. The plaster is then molded into the desired shape by hand or by using specially designed arts-and-crafts molds.
An alternate plaster of Paris recipe calls for glue and water. To make this version, two parts of diluted white glue are mixed with one part warm water.
Because plaster dries very quickly, craftspeople must ensure that all of the other necessary materials for the project are at hand. Individuals must only make enough plaster for the current project because once it cools completely, it is no longer malleable and cannot be used for its intended purpose.
Once a plaster arts-and-crafts project is complete, an acrylic top coat must be applied to maximize the longevity of the piece. Some plaster masks and art sculptures are enhanced with multiple topcoat colors.Learn more about Building Materials
Make a plaster coating that sticks to almost anything by combining equal parts of plaster of Paris and joint compound, and slowly stirring in enough water to give it a spreading consistency. This process requires a large container and a 4-inch plaster knife for stirring.Full Answer >
To make a mustard plaster for a cough, combine dry mustard with flour and warm water to make a paste. While this natural folk remedy has been used for centuries, it can be initially irritating to some people's skin, notes the Wellspring School for Healing Arts.Full Answer >
To build a home from straw bales, create a trench with gravel for the foundation, stack straw bales connected with stakes for the walls, build a roof with plywood and tarp, and seal the walls with stucco or clay plaster. You can also fill a wood or steel frame with bales for sturdier construction.Full Answer >
To waterproof plaster, prime the wall, and apply a heavy-duty exterior paint. If you don't want to use paint, sand the wall, and apply a light coat of linseed oil to the wall. High-quality paint brushes, primer, paint and linseed oil are handy in the project. Be sure to fix leaks often to prevent water from penetrating the walls and damaging the plaster.Full Answer >